Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Joni Mitchell's "Silky Veil of Ardor"

I just spent all day writing my short story Savannah and want to use the lyrics to Joni Mitchell's song "Silky Veils of Ardor" for the ending of the story. I just love this I'll have to write to the music publisher for permission to use it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Check out my dad's book "The Stone Horse & Droshki" by Ken De Villers

The memoirs of Colonel General Yuri D. Danilov, born in the Ukraine,
Father an American full-blood Oglala Sioux Indian. Mother a Ukrainian with
a close relationship to the Nikita Khrushchev family. Yuri Spends his
boyhood in Kiev, the Ukraine.

At age twenty he fly’s jet fighters as a member of the US Air Force in the
Korean War. He is recruited as a secret agent for the Soviet KGB. Leaving
Korea he is assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, California. In the late
1960’s he works on a top-secret CIA project which develops the new
Lockheed U-2 spy plane. The CIA then uses these high flying jet planes
to over-fly the Soviet Union and gather data and photographs of secret
USSR military installations. In 1960 Yuri enables the Soviet air defense
to shoot down a CIA U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers as it soars over a Soviet military Base. When the CIA begins an investigation looking for a suspected Soviet spy in US military ranks the KGB orders him to return to Moscow.

Returning to his homeland he is allowed to serve in the Soviet Air Army.
Six months later Yuri is part of a group led by Premier Anastas Miloyan which secretly meets in Mexico with US Attorney General Robert Kennedy and a US delegation. In a long private session, the two countries resolve the dangerous October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1965 Yuri helps train
North Vietnam MIG pilots and he flies several combat missions against the
Americans. In December 1979 he commands all the Soviet Air Regiments
during their Intervention into Afghanistan. He serves four years in the war
and after being badly wounded he is transferred back to Moscow for
medical treatment.

During his long military career servicing in two superpowers Air Force’s
he gets to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Cosmonaut Yuri
Gagarin, Chuck Yeager, and other notable aviation figures.

Yuri’s memoirs relate the inside view of the deadly political intrigue during
Soviet government secret changes. The USSR is a closed society
thus most of these events were never known to the Soviet people or the
world. We also follow his awaking to the failure of the Communist system.
Lastly this story relates the lasting love and devotion between Yuri and his
wife, the beautiful Japanese-Russian, Eiko Haraoka.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Joni Mitchell kind of day

In the mists of a typical Oregon winter day, the song "A song for Sharon" by Joni Mitchell brings melancholy and reflection.

Monday, February 12, 2018

To the deplorable women who voted for Trump  If you are one of the women who voted for Trump despite all the allegations of women accusing him of sexual misconduct, this blog post is for you.